When a band hits the nail of the melancholic Gothic doom on the head, the result can be outworldly and suffice to say, highly emotive. Such is the case for Denmark’s Saturnus, who after a six-year absence return with the suffocating, Veronika Decides To Die.
Wrapped around a blanket of cold, sorrowful melodies, Veronika... is a romantically charged affair that sees a number of these tracks take on a desperate aura not heard since My Dying Bride’s glory days.
We’ll first point to ‘Pretend’ a sweeping, emotive track that employs soothing, flowing guitar melodies and the fevered cries of singer Thomas A. G. ‘All Alone’ is another brooding number, complimented by a delicate piano arrangement and well-orchestrated acoustic guitar work that doesn’t veer too far from Anathema’s Eternity days. The album performs a gradual descent into even darker territory, consummated by album closer, ‘Murky Waters’.
Produced by the legendary Flemming Rasmussen (Metallica), Veronika Decides To Die is the first legitimate Gothic doom album of the year, holding the contingent over until My Dying Bride’s next release which should be out sometime in the fall. As for Saturnus, they have leap-frogged over the likes of Draconian and Swallow The Sun with this album. Let’s just hope the next one doesn’t pop up in 2012.